Priests ordained in Gloucester
IT seems priesthood runs in the family, with Reverend Ruth Fitter becoming a priest 25 years after her mother was ordained.
On Saturday, Ruth was one of nine people to be ordained as a priest in a service at Gloucester Cathedral.
The new priests have already been working in churches in the county and the service was the final step after years of training.
However, Ruth's ordination was all the more poignant as 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the first ordination of women into the Church of England, one of whom was her mother, Canon Pat Lyes-Wilsdon.
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She said: "I find there are not sufficient words within the English language to be able to adequately describe how it feels. I am overwhelmed and overawed at the transforming power of the love of God in my life."
The Reverend Bruce Clifford, 59, was also ordained a priest and is based at St Catharine's, Gloucester.
He said: "It was a lovely day, the service was fantastic. This is the best job in the world, I am very lucky."
The Right Reverend Michael Perham, who ordained all the priests, said: "Ordaining new priests to support their congregations in sharing the Christian faith and serving God's world is one of the great occasions for me."